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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Fraud email example:

Date: Sat, 1 Jul 2006 17:31:24 +0100
Subject: =?iso-8859-1?Q?MY=20REGARDS=20TO=20YOU?=

Greetings to you,

I am Barrister Farooq Rizwan, I am the Personal Attorney to Mr. Thomas Stockley,
a National of America, who used to work with Daltin Chemicals Ltd and also
a partner to Agip Energy & Natural Resources here in Nigeria. On the 31st
of January 2000, my client and his wife (Mrs. Peggy Stockley) were involved
in a plane crash (Alaska Airlines Flight 261), which crashed into the
Pacific Ocean, go through the websites for more information

Unfortunately they lost their lives in the event of the crash, Since then
I have made several inquiries to your embassy to locate any of my clients
extended relatives, this has also proved unsuccessful. After these several
attempts, I decided to trace his relatives over the Internet to locate any
member of his family but of no avail, hence I contacted you. I contacted
you to assist in repatriating the money and property left behind by my client
before they get confiscated or declared unserviceable by the bank where
this huge deposit were lodged here in Nigeria. Particularly, the Bank where
the deceased had an account valued at about $16.5 million U.S dollars (Sixteen
million, five hundred thousand dollars).

Consequently, The bank issued me a notice to provide the next of kin or
have the account confiscated within the next ten official working days.
Since I have been unsuccessfully in locating the relatives for over 6 years
now. I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of the deceased
since you are a foreigner so that the proceeds of this account valued at
$16.5 million U.S dollars can be paid to you and then you and me can share
the money, 55% to me and 40% to you, while 5% should be for expenses or
tax as your government may require.

I have all necessary legal documents that can be used to back up any claim
we may make. All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us seeing
this deal through. I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate
arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law. Please get
in touch with me by my email to enable us discuss further, Am in Nigeria
presently and can be reached through my phone numbers. Please note that
this business is confidential and risk free, we must keep it secret till
the funds gets to your account.

Yours Faithfully,

Barrister Farooq Rizwan

N.B: Please indicate your full interest by including telephone and fax numbers
and also reach me through my private email address

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